Disney Channel will debut the second season of its hit multicultural preschool series "Handy Manny" on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 (10:30 a.m. ET/PT) during the learning-focused Playhouse Disney programming block. Wilmer Valderrama stars as the voice of handyman Manny Garcia, a helpful, determined young man who, with the assistance of his eclectic set of talking tools, is the town's expert when it comes to repairing all that's not working, even friendships among neighbors.
The series' season premiere is part of Playhouse Disney's "Big Halloween Party" weekend, featuring Halloween-themed episodes "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," "My Friends Tigger & Pooh," "Little Einsteins," "Higglytown Heroes" and more throughout the programming block (6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28.
The premiere episode of season two finds the tools helping to concoct a new smoothie flavor while repairing the counter at Oscar's House of Smoothies. Mark Steines of "Entertainment Tonight" guest stars as the voice of Oscar. In the episode's second story, when Mayor Rosa hears ghost-like noises coming from the clock tower, Manny and the tools investigate whether there really is a "fantasma" (Spanish for "ghost") haunting the tower.
In addition to imparting life lessons about teamwork, communication and setting goals, the second season of "Handy Manny" will further emphasize the series' language curriculum, employing demonstrated techniques to help viewers comprehend and retain Spanish words and phrases. Each episode story will highlight a specific Spanish word, repeating it numerous times within the context of the story, and will also continue to include a sprinkling of other Spanish words throughout every episode.
Launched on September 16, 2006 to Playhouse Disney's highest premiere ratings ever, "Handy Manny," which currently airs weekdays at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT and weekends at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT, currently ranks among the top 10 regularly scheduled series on broadcast and basic cable with kids 2-5 during Summer 2007 (5/28/2007-8/26/2007).
Playhouse Disney, seen in a daily programming block on Disney Channel U.S. and on ten Playhouse Disney channels around the world, encourages preschoolers to imagine and learn through original series, short-form and acquired programming that includes song, movement and entertainment. Guided by an established curriculum, Playhouse Disney supports multiple areas of child development: physical, emotional, social and cognitive; thinking and creative skills as well as moral and ethical development through carefully constructed themes, storylines and endearing characters.
Source: The Disney Channel